CIE Peer Review

Subject Fisheries Oceanography Acoustics Applications in the Western Pacific
Document(s) Reviewed
Domokos R, Seki MP, Polovina JJ, Hawn DR
2007. Oceanographic investigation of the American Samoa albacore (Thunnus alalunga) habitat and longline fishing grounds. Fisheries Oceanography, 16:555-572, 18 p.
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Domokos R
2009. Environmental effects on forage and longline fishery performance for albacore (Thunnus alalunga) in the American Samoa Exclusive Economic Zone. Fisheries Oceanography, 18:419-438, 20 p.
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Date July 2010

The mission of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center is to conduct high-quality, timely research to support the stewardship of fisheries resources, protected species, and ecosystems in the central and western Pacific Ocean. As part of this endeavor, the Center’s Ecosystems and Oceanography Division has developed and applied a variety of research tools and survey procedures using active acoustics. A primary aim of the research is to derive fishery-independent measures of biomass for tunas and other economically important fish species in the tropical and subtropical Pacific, and micronektonic organisms important as forage for the fish stocks. The studies also seek to understand relationships between the fish and their forage and clarify the role of environmental factors in the distribution of marine biota and functioning of the ecosystems. Under the direction of PIFSC oceanographer Dr. Réka Domokos, research has been directed at tunas and their forage in pelagic ecosystems and bottomfish in insular habitats during a series of expeditions of the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette.

To provide an impartial assessment of the fisheries acoustics program and guidance on future directions, the Center solicited peer reviews by independent experts. A Panel of 3 experts was assembled with the assistance of the Center for Independent Experts (CIE). Prior to the review, each reviewer was provided a collection of background documents to read, including published articles authored by Domokos and colleagues. During the review, conducted in Honolulu, Hawaii, during 7-9 July 2010, Dr. Domokos made a series of presentations to the Panel, comprehensively describing the research program, including objectives, methods, and preliminary results. Based on the information presented by Domokos and gleaned from discussions with her, and on the panel's own deliberations, each expert reviewer prepared an independent report of findings and recommendations. These reports are provided below in PDF format. Each report also provides background information and terms of reference for the review.

PIFSC finds great value in the reviewers' reports as a guide for research planning. As a new fiscal year gets underway, the Center is taking stock of present challenges and emerging science needs. In the process we are assessing the active acoustics research program, taking into consideration the expert insights, advice and recommendations of the panel.

— Samuel G. Pooley, Director

Reviewer Comments

Dr. R. J. Kloser
Comments (0.6 MB PDF)

Dr. Gary D. Melvin
Comments (0.4 MB PDF)

Dr. Yvan Simard
Comments (0.3 MB PDF)

Author Response

Dr. Réka Domokos
Comments (0.1 MB PDF)